OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

Common symptoms reported by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
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Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
42
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) Insomnia (8)
2 more
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Depressed mood (10) Anxious mood (8)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Insomnia (17) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5)
2 more
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(Luvox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
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(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
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(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Insomnia (21) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Pain (16) Anxious mood (2)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Side effects
How many evaluations
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Apathy 9 more
How many evaluations
17
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches
How many evaluations
15
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Addiction 17 more
How many evaluations
29
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) Insomnia (8)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Difficulty with orgasm 10 more
How many evaluations
23
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Anorgasmia Anxiety and frustration 8 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Depressed mood (10) Anxious mood (8)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 9 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Insomnia (17) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Crying Depressed mood 7 more
How many evaluations
10
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Depressed mood 2 more
How many evaluations
19
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Fatigue 3 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Insomnia (21) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning Mouth Clumsiness 4 more
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (16) Anxious mood (2)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 60
20s 759
30s 1,027
40s 964
50s 601
60s 226
70+ 53

Sex

Distribution of sex

77% Female
23% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,031
20-29 years 254
30-39 years 133
40-49 years 58
50-59 years 12
60-69 years 3
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,937
Not Diagnosed 1,783

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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